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HHS Posts Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2018 – 2022: Public Comments Accepted Through October 27

PSR News - Fri, 2017-09-29 16:00

The HHS Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2018 – 2022 is provided as part of the strategic planning process under the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRA-MA)(P.L. 111-352) to ensure that stakeholders are given an opportunity to comment on the plan. The strategic planning consultation process is an opportunity to refine and strengthen the HHS Strategic Plan FY 2018 – 2022. Public comments may be provided for each goal and objective, and should be submitted by October 27, 2017, through one of the following methods:

  • using the comment box shown at the bottom of each page of the draft strategic plan
  • emailing
  • faxing to (202) 690-5882
  • sending mail to: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Strategic Planning Team, Attn: Strategic Plan Comments, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 415F, Washington, DC 20201.
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My First Logic Model Experience

NEO News - Fri, 2017-09-29 12:14

This past Wednesday Karen and Cindy held a logic model workshop, which included crafting outcomes, for NNLM staff. Most people probably did not know that it was the first time I worked with a logic model! Here are a few of my takeaways about logic models and writing outcomes:

A logic model

The logic model we created during the workshop. Click on the logic model to enlarge the picture.

You don’t have to come up with outcomes out of thin air.
Thinking of theories such as the Diffusion of Innovation and the Kirkpatrick Model can help you write out your outcomes.

In logic models, outcomes are about someone or something else.
Karen suggested to “think in the 3rd person,” and not to write sentences with a first-person subject. In the logic model above, the short-term and intermediate outcomes describe what the participating librarians do. In the long-term outcomes, the logic model describes what happens to the public and to the library. Activities are what you do; outcomes are what the participants do.

If you don’t have any control over something, it’s probably an outcome.
Cindy pointed out that many people do not like committing to outcomes because they cannot fully control the success or failure of it. We cannot control if our fictional public librarian program in St. Louis will lead to 99% of library staff starting at MedlinePlus when they have a health question, but it’s something that our program could strive to do.

You don’t have to measure every single outcome.
Why would you write down a hard-to-measure outcome? It details the why of a program. Why is it important to teach librarians how to use MedlinePlus? Why should librarians use MedlinePlus to help with reference questions? Librarians should be taught how to use MedlinePlus because it will “improve health literacy in the public with more reliable health information.” Having the end in mind will help steer the program to success. There’s a reason why we love using the Yogi Berra quote “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there,” it’s true!

Logic models can be used for many things.
Logic models are not made for just evaluation planning. Inputs can help an organization figure out a program’s budget. Brainstorming external factors can lead to potential supporters, or reveal barriers. Here’s the chart from the workshop’s PowerPoint:

A chart showing how you can use a logic model to write a proposal. Inputs = budget; activities = strategies; reach = reach out outreach; outcomes = results and evaluation; external factors = support and barriers; assumptions = reviewers' questions.

This was my first logic model workshop, but it’s not my last. I am signed up for the half-day workshop Logic Models for Program Evaluation and Planning during the American Evaluation Association’s Eval17 conference in November. See you there!

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2017-09-29 11:57

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!


The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the newly created position of All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). View the full posting for more information about the position.

Check out the Summer 2017 edition of The MAReport! In this issue, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda talks about NNLM MAR’s ongoing partnership with the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps (DMRC), and our collaborative efforts on the Disaster Recovery for Delaware Summit. Read the full article to learn more.

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The Fall 2017 offering for the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Group Licensing Initiative (GLI) is now available. NNLM MAR members are eligible to participate! The deadline to apply for the Fall offer is Friday, November 17. Learn more.

NNLM and ALA have partnered through the Libraries Transform campaign to create a new Health Literacy Toolkit. The Toolkit contains key messages, data, and marketing materials to promote health literacy at your library.

Ongoing: the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is still accepting applications for funding! Check out a recent post from Executive Director Kate Flewelling about our open awards, and helpful tips to assist with your application.

Because People Aren’t Gold Fish: AEA Audience Engagement Strategies – NEO Shop Talk

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine: If your library subscribed and missed the last delivery of the NIH MedlinePlus Magazine (Summer 2017 edition) you will need to re-subscribe for bulk delivery. NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is an excellent way to introduce members of your community to medical research with trusted health information stories from NIH scientists, famous individuals, as well as everyday people who have turned to NIH for medical assistance. Order NIH MedlinePlus for your library today!

One Library, Many WorldsNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Meet Dr. Esther Sternberg, NLM’s New Board of Regents ChairNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Better Data, Better Decisions: Highlights from the 10th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance – DataScience@NIH, Driving Discovery Through Data

New Health Topic on MedlinePlus: Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) Treatment

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that we have a new class registration system which requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!

Combatting Information Fatigue: Health Information Resources for Veterans – October 2-October 30, 2017 -Veterans and their families need reliable health information resources and training to locate health information that is sensitive and pertinent to their needs. Sponsored by SEA, this asynchronous online course will cover resources for finding information on general health conditions, mental health resources including those for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), family issues, substance abuse, amputations, support groups and more. Additionally, this class will prepare participants to find and assess other veterans’ health resources.

NCBI Minute: Create, link, and share your bibliography: PubMed tools and ORCID identifiers for Authors – October 4, 12:00-12:30 PM ET – Disambiguating common author names is tough in any field, but if your published research is cited in PubMed, NCBI can help you find your citations, create a bibliography, and share your publication list with others. This webinar, will also cover the advantage of quickly registering for a free, unique identifier that will remain constant – even if your name changes.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics – October 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. Hosted by MAR, this class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – October 11, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join MAR to learn the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlighted essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention.

LinkOut for Libraries: From Icons to Full Text and Everything in Between – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join this NLM webinar that will go back to the basics of LinkOut, to learn how to get the most of your library’s service. Take an inside look at the three NLM linking services, LinkOut, Outside Tool, and LinkOut Local, and how they differ. Learn why multiple icons display on citations in PubMed and how to see only the ones you want.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Collection Development/E-Resources Librarian, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)

A New Era for TeamSTEPPS – AHRQ Views

Wanted: Library staff teams to participate in the EXCITE Transformation for Libraries, sponsored by the CT State Library with funding from IMLS. Apply now.

Webinar: From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – October 4, 10:00-11:00 AM ET – This webinar is designed to assist health professionals and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Resources that provide background about cultural beliefs and other guidance for providing cross-cultural care will also be introduced. Hosted by the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence (NJSNCC), Presented by NNLM MAR Executive Director, Kate Flewelling.

Share your story with us! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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National Library of Medicine ToxTutor Offers New Sections

SEA News - Fri, 2017-09-29 08:28

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has added material to its online toxicology tutorial, ToxTutor.  The new sections cover Basic Physiology, an Introduction to Toxicokinetics, Absorption, Distribution, Biotransformation, Excretion, and Cellular Toxicology.

ToxTutor is self-paced and covers key principles of toxicology.  Animations include “From a Gel to a Cell,” which follows the journey
of a chemical in a hypothetical shower gel product through several membranes into a cell. The tutorial also offers a glossary of more than 300 toxicology-related terms.

ToxTutor has been used for almost twenty years to explore the fundamentals of toxicology. It is written in plain language, includes
helpful illustrations, and provides users of toxicology resources, including those of the NLM, with a basic understanding of the subject.

If a certificate of completion is needed, the tutorial can be completed through a free learning management system.

Tox Tutor

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NNLM SEA Digest News – September 29, 2017

SEA News - Fri, 2017-09-29 07:48

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.

Top Items of Interest

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Asynchronous Online Course – Moodle LMS

Webinars: October 2 – 6

Webinars: October 9 – 13

Webinars: October 16-20

In addition to the webinars listed, the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office provides webinars for subscribers to the Digital Library. You can attend a Quick Starter Course or attend a Drop-In Session.

Recordings Available on YouTube

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Focus on Data

Focus on Precision Medicine

Focus on Substance Use Disorder

Funding Opportunities

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed below are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM accountprior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunitiesto register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guideto understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.


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Announcing: Fall 2017 NSLANJ Group Licensing Offer Now Available

NER News - Fri, 2017-09-29 07:41

PRINCETON, NJ (September 27, 2017) – All medical librarians in a 20-state area including the NNLM’s Middle Atlantic (MAR), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A), and New England (NER) Regions are welcome to participate in the technology-sharing, cost-cutting consortium organized by the non-profit Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI).

Deadline to participate in the Fall Offer is Friday, November 17. Due to the online ordering system, no exceptions can be made regarding the deadline. The HSLANJ GLI greatly appreciates and welcomes early orders.

The HSLANJ GLI is recognized by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) as the lead organization capable of assisting health sciences librarians obtain resources.

“We are a state library, so we are dependent on government funding (which this year wasn’t looking so great) so knowing we can talk to our stakeholders and let them know we can get great prices by participating, it shows we’re making all the efforts to have good practices with our budget…. Certainly being a small library with a limited budget, there’s no way we’d be able to purchase resources on our own… being in a consortium is the only way we could make that happen,” says Alison Wessel , Director of Library and Information Services, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, New Castle, Delaware. Wessel began participating in the HSLANJ GLI’s Offers in 2016.

Additional feedback from librarians, along with previews of vendors’ fall resources, can be found at

Questions? Please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.  To learn more, visit

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